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July 18, 1985

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Eight women and two alternates have been selected to attend the Harlem Globetrotters’ training camp this fall in Los Angeles, where the first female player will be named to the world-renowned basketball team.

The women, who tried out at Charlotte Coliseum, had been selected from national surveys of the top 10 women’s basketball coaches, the Amateur Basketball Association of the USA and other officials.

The Globetrotters’ training camp will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 13.

Chosen Wednesday were: Sandra Hodge, a 5-foot-10 player from the University of New Orleans; Candy Lucas, 5-9, of North Carolina-Charlotte; Pam McGee, 6-3, of the University of Southern California; Lori Scott, 5-11, of Louisiana Tech; Joyce Walker, 5-8, of Louisiana State; Valerie Walker, 6-2, (no relation to Joyce Walker) of Chaney University; Jackie White, 5-11, of California State; and Lynette Woodard, 5-11, of the University of Kansas.

The two alternates are Rosetta Guilford, 5-10, of Chaney, and Paula McGee, 6-3, of USC, who is the twin sister of Pam McGee. ---

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A High Court hearing into the aborted All Blacks rugby tour of South Africa was dropped today after the two parties agreed there was no point continuing the case.

The announcement followed Wednesday’s decision by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union to abandon any plans to tour South Africa this year.

The action against the rugby union was brought by two rugby-playing lawyers, who claimed the union was acting against the interests of the sport.

It was agreed both parties would pay their costs. ---

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Five amateur boxers have been awarded 1985 Thomas ″Sarge″ Johnson scholarships by the USA Amateur Boxing Federation, the national governing body for amateur boxing in the United States.

The recipients are Charles Richards of Rapid City, S.D.; Obie Beard of Jackson, Tenn.; Scott Johnson of Fargo, N.D.; Robert Williams of New York; and Brian O’Leary of Baldwin, N.Y.

All athlete members of the federation are eligible for the scholarships, and the grants are given based on an applicant’s ability to succeed at an institution of higher learning. Boxing ability is not a factor.

The scholarship is named for the late Thomas ″Sarge″ Johnson of Indianapolis, who prior to his death was one of the United States’ top amateur boxing coaches. Johnson, who was the assistant coach at the 1976 Olympic Games, was killed in a 1980 plane crash in Warsaw, Poland.

Richards is at North Dakota State University; Beard is studying business at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn.; Williams is enrolled at Kingsborough Community College in New York; and O’Leary is a student at Pennsylvania State University at Ehrend in Erie, Pa.

The number of scholarships available each year and the size of each award is dependent upon funds available, the federation said.